Canada’s organ transplant groups reviewing COVID-19 vaccine policy for recipients

Transplant centres in Western Canada have stopped short of requiring organ recipients to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but they say conversations about such a policy are ongoing. Some centres … Read More

Where do Montreal’s top mayoral candidates stand on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations?

The issue of mandatory vaccination has been at the forefront in Quebec in recent weeks, with the province requiring health-care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face suspension without pay. … Read More

Ontario’s online proof-of-vaccination portal inaccessible outside of North America

If you live in Ontario and are planning to travel abroad, you’ll want to download your proof of COVID-19 vaccination before you go. That’s because Ontario’s vaccine website, where Canadians … Read More

Moderna doesn’t plan to share COVID-19 vaccine recipe with world, chairman says

Moderna has no plans to share the recipe for its COVID-19 vaccine because executives have concluded that scaling up the company’s own production is the best way to increase the … Read More

Don’t travel unless ‘absolutely necessary,’ Hajdu reminds Canada ahead of holiday season

As the weather starts to get colder and Canadians start eyeing sunny destinations to the south, Health Minister Patty Hajdu has a reminder: non-essential travel is still not advised. Hajdu … Read More

Remote Indigenous communities working with feds on mandatory COVID-19 vaccine exemptions

The federal government is working on exemptions to its newly released mandatory vaccine policy for people in remote Indigenous communities, many of which are only accessible by airplane. The new … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine for kids: Pfizer asks U.S. FDA for emergency approval

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech said on Thursday they had asked U.S. regulators to approve emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children aged from five to 11, Pfizer said in … Read More

Pfizer seeks U.S. approval for kids COVID-19 vaccine, Canada awaits submission

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech have asked U.S. regulators to approve emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, Pfizer said in a tweet on Thursday. The … Read More

Canada lacks ‘political will’ to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents, Bolivian minister says

It’s been five months since the Bolivian government called on Canada to allow COVID-19 vaccines to flow from a manufacturer in St. Catharines, Ont., to the Global South. Now, the … Read More

Unvaccinated relatives? Here are the risks around the Thanksgiving table

As Canadians decide what fixings to put on the table this Thanksgiving, many also face a different, more difficult decision: whether to invite unvaccinated family members to feast alongside them. … Read More

Delta variant 133% more deadly than original COVID strain: Canadian study

A new study using Canadian data suggests the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus causes more serious disease and is associated with an increased risk of death compared to previous … Read More

Feds could push provinces on mandatory COVID-19 vaccine for all workers: documents

Senior federal officials were told in the spring that the government could make it mandatory for all workers countrywide to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Trudeau Liberals have promised to … Read More

First Nations communities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Here’s why

First Nations communities across Canada are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The latest numbers from the federal government revealed that cases on reserves are now 3.3 times the … Read More

Fact check: No, natural immunity doesn’t replace vaccination, experts say

Natural immunity will not protect you against COVID-19 as well as an mRNA vaccine, according to both experts and the research. Multiple anti-vaccine groups touted natural immunity as a viable … Read More

Fact Check: No, natural immunity isn’t as good as a COVID-19 vaccine, experts say

Natural immunity will not protect you against COVID-19 as well as an mRNA vaccine, according to both experts and the research. Multiple anti-vaccine groups touted natural immunity as a viable … Read More

Pfizer sends kids’ COVID-19 vaccine trial data to U.S. FDA

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE submitted initial trial data for their COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 5 to 11 to U.S. regulators on Tuesday and said they would make a … Read More

Canada COVID-19 booster update coming ‘very shortly’: Tam

Canadians can expect an update on the potential use of additional COVID-19 shots for the most at-risk “very shortly,” the country’s top doctor says. Speaking at a news conference Friday … Read More

‘I chose not to get the vaccine’: B.C. mom battling COVID speaks from her ICU bed

A B.C. mother of two is sharing her experience battling COVID-19 after she decided not to get vaccinated in the hope that others will choose otherwise. Sharlene Amerl, from Sooke … Read More

U.S. backs Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots. Should Canada do the same?

The U.S. has authorized booster shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for certain high-risk groups, and experts say Canada should consider doing the same. On Wednesday, the FDA authorized booster shots … Read More

FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots. Should Canada do the same?

The U.S. FDA has authorized booster shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for certain high-risk groups, and experts say Canada should consider doing the same. On Wednesday, the FDA authorized booster … Read More

Ottawa offers military aid as Alberta battles brutal COVID-19 surge

The federal government is ready to help Alberta in its fight against COVID-19, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair says. In a statement posted to Twitter Thursday, … Read More

Ottawa offers military aid as Alberta battles brutal COVID-19 surge: minister

The federal government is ready to help Alberta in its fight against COVID-19, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair says. In a statement posted to Twitter Thursday, … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine inequity now top of mind at United Nations meeting

The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution will come into sharper focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots step … Read More

U.S. parents await results as kids’ COVID-19 vaccine nears approval

In an ideal world, Leah Smithers said she could afford to wait for longer-term testing of the COVID-19 vaccines before getting the jab for her 10-year-old son. But with his … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine effective in children ages 5 to 11, Pfizer says

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward … Read More

COVID-19 booster debate in U.S. heads to FDA vaccine advisory committee

The debate over whether Americans should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine moves to a panel of independent expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration … Read More

Hong Kong panel advises 1 dose of BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for teens due to side effect

A panel of health experts advising the Hong Kong government has recommended children aged 12-17 should get only one dose of BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of heart inflammation side … Read More

Unclear whether U.K.’s booster plan will mean new doses every 6 months, chief says

The chair of Britain’s vaccine group said it was unclear whether or not there would be a recurrent programme of COVID-19 vaccine boosters every six months after a plan announced … Read More

‘Fraud is a crime’: B.C. doctor pens open letter to people asking for vaccine exemption notes

A B.C. doctor says he’s seeing an increase in patients asking for a letter that exempts them from the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as other vaccine-related questions. In a three-page … Read More

September a ‘critical time’ for Canada’s COVID-19 fight, experts say

September is a pivotal month for Canada’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to public health and infectious disease experts. Students across the country are returning to school, fully vaccinated … Read More

WHO chief wants rich countries to halt booster shots for remainder of 2021

Rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines should refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year and make the doses available for poorer countries, the head … Read More

Couche-Tard hopes COVID-19 vaccine promotion will mitigate Delta challenges

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 1, 2021 1:31 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. hopes that … Read More

Premier Doug Ford to make announcement Wednesday on COVID-19 vaccine passports

Premier Doug Ford is set to have a press conference Wednesday afternoon to reveal how a COVID-19 vaccine passport certificate system will work. The premier is scheduled to make an … Read More

B.C. First Nation offers $1,000 cash to fully vaccinated members

While B.C. has chosen not to follow other provinces on the vaccine lottery route, a Lower Mainland First Nation is making a generous offer to its members in an effort … Read More

Ontario won’t reach COVID-19 herd immunity until vaccines given to children under 12, report finds

A report by Public Health Ontario says that at least 90 per cent vaccine coverage against COVID-19 for the entire population is needed to achieve herd immunity and that vaccines … Read More

Quebec set to release more details of COVID-19 vaccine passport system

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé is expected to provide an update on the province’s COVID-19 immunization campaign on Tuesday afternoon, including additional details surrounding the vaccine passport system. The minister … Read More

Quebec says new vaccine passport system can be downloaded starting on Wednesday

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé provided an update on the province’s COVID-19 immunization campaign on Tuesday afternoon, including new details surrounding the vaccine passport system. The new system comes into … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine boosters taming Delta variant in Israel, health officials claim

Less than a month into a COVID-19 vaccine booster drive, Israel is seeing signs of an impact on the country’s high infection and severe illness rates fueled by the fast-spreading … Read More

FDA warns Americans to stop taking horse dewormer for COVID-19: ‘You are not a horse’

The United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement on Saturday warning citizens to stop taking a horse deworming drug as defence against COVID-19, following reports of people … Read More

B.C. to reveal details on proof-of-vaccination program on Monday

British Columbia is expected to become the second province in Canada to require proof of immunization against COVID-19 to access non-essential services. Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and … Read More

B.C. becomes second province to require proof of vaccination, starting Sept. 13

British Columbia announced Monday that it require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for people attending certain social and recreational events. One dose of vaccine will be required for entry will be … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine booster strategy risks emergence of new variants, WHO head warns

The head of the World Health Organization on Monday called for a two-month moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a means of reducing global vaccine inequality and … Read More

3rd dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine lowers infection risk, Israel study finds

A third dose of Pfizer ‘s COVID-19 vaccine has significantly improved protection from infection and serious illness among people aged 60 and older in Israel compared with those who received … Read More

62% of small and medium sized businesses support COVID vaccine mandates, survey says

When the fourth wave of COVID-19 started to intensify, Toronto-based tech company Staffy decided it was time to implement a vaccination mandate. The company, which provides an on-demand workforce platform … Read More

U.S. will give COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all Americans amid Delta surge

U.S. health officials Wednesday recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging Delta variant and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling. The … Read More

Here’s where the major party leaders stand on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

Recent surges of cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant are prompting political leaders and health-care experts around the world to search for ways to limit the spread of the virus. … Read More

MLHU rescinds COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for 11-year-olds born in 2009

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has reversed course less than 24 hours after announcing that it would be extending COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all children born in 2009 and not only … Read More

U.S. FDA OKs COVID-19 vaccine boosters for immunocompromised

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. for people with compromised immune systems. A few other … Read More

COVID-19: MLHU extends vaccination to 11-year-olds turning 12 this year

The Middlesex-London Health Unit says, effective immediately, anyone born in 2009 or earlier will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The change means that 11-year-olds who are turning 12 … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine trial data for kids coming by end of year: Pfizer

Pfizer intends to submit data to Health Canada on trials of its COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12 by the end of the year, the company told Global News. In … Read More

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